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Sword Gai


Sword Gai


Sword Gai (Japanese: ソードガイ, Hepburn: Sōdo Gai) is a Japanese manga series written by Toshiki Inoue with original character design by Keita Amemiya and scenario by Wosamu Kine. The first twelve episodes ("Part I") of an anime adaptation titled Sword Gai: The Animation were released on Netflix worldwide on March 23, 2018. Part II was released on July 30, 2018.

Plot

Gai is a young man who became an apprentice under a blacksmith named Amon, who found him as newborn holding on to a legendary cursed katana called "Shiryū" that drove his mother into committing suicide rather than let its bloodlust to consume her. The katana is revealed to be one of many cursed weapons that turn the user into a thrall to embody their murderous impulses, the Chrystalis gradually losing their humanity while becoming armored monsters called Busoma. After Gai lost his right arm when a ceremony to quell Shiryū goes awry, Amon forged the sword into a prosthetic limb for Gai. Becoming a chrysalis with the ability to fuse with his weapon, Gai clings on to his humanity while facing the Busoma seeking to exterminate humanity.

Characters

Gai Ogata (緒方 凱)
Voiced by: Yūto Uemura (Japanese); Khoi Dao (English)
User of Demonic Sword Shiryu.
Seiya Ichijō (一条晴也)
Voiced by: Yuichiro Umehara (Japanese); Billy Kametz (English)
User of Chakram.
Sayaka Ogata (緒方 さやか)
Voiced by: Yuka Aisaka (Japanese); Kayli Mills (English)
Daughter of Amon Ogata.
Amon Ogata (緒方 亜門)
Voiced by: Jouji Nakata (Japanese); Taylor Henry (English)
Adoptive father of Gai.
Kigetsu
Voiced by: Masaharu Sato (Japanese); John DeMita (English)
Naoki Miki (三木 直樹)
Voiced by: Tomokazu Sugita (Japanese); Greg Chun (English)
User of Fallgon Sword.
Marcus Lithos (マーカス・リートス)
Voiced by: Hiro Shimono (Japanese); Zach Aguilar (English)
User of Azoth Sword.
Mina Haraya
Voiced by: Yu Shimamura (Japanese); Mela Lee (English)
Takuma Miura (三浦 琢磨)
Voiced by: Toshihiko Seki (Japanese); Patrick Seitz (English)
Kyōka Kagami (鏡 京香)
Voiced by: Rina Satou (Japanese); Erica Lindbeck (English)
Administrator of the Shoshidai.
Midoriko
Voiced by: Ayane Sakura (Japanese); Faye Mata (English)
A Underground Idol and User of Flanberge Sword.
Yasuko Tanaka
Voiced by: Urara Takano (Japanese); Jessica Gee (English)
User of Gallon's Hammer.
Issei Ariga
Voiced by: Kohei Murakami (Japanese); Steve Staley (English)
User of Nebestigma.
Arnys
Voiced by: Michiko Neya (Japanese); Michelle Ruff (English)
Shin Matoba
Voiced by: Nobunaga Shimazaki (Japanese); Griffin Burns (English)
Kazuma Matoba
Voiced by: Takaya Hahi (Japanese); Richard Epcar (English)
Rie Matoba
Voiced by: Maria Naganawa (Japanese); Xanthe Huynh (English)
Kuromaru
Voiced by: Ayumu Murase (Japanese); Laura Stahl (English)
Kagatsuka
Voiced by: Junichi Yanagita (Japanese); Jordan Reynolds (English)
Himiko
Voiced by: Maaya Uchida (Japanese); Lauren Landa (English)
Leader of the Gabi.
Kazumo
Voiced by: Kazuyuki Okitsu (Japanese); Xander Mobus (English)
Grimms (グリムス)
Voiced by: Takaya Kuroda (Japanese); Chris Tergliafera (English)
Hakim
Voiced by: Kousuke Toriumi (Japanese); Chris Hackney (English)
Tatsumi
Voiced by: Kenji Hamada (Japanese); Austin Lee Matthews (English)
Kiyomi
Voiced by: Hitomi Harada (Japanese); Cristina Vee (English)
Kei
Voiced by: Sumi Shimaoto (Japanese); Philece Sampler (English)

Media

Manga

It began serialization in Hero's Inc.'s seinen manga magazine Hero's in 2012 and has been collected into six tankōbon volumes. A sequel series known as Sword Gai Evolve (ソードガイ エヴォルヴ, Sōdo Gai Evolve) was released in 2016 and ended in 2019.

Anime

An anime adaptation originally developed by DLE and Fields was scheduled to air in April 2016, but it was delayed indefinitely until Netflix streamed the series worldwide on March 23, 2018. Tomohito Naka directed the series while Takahiro Ikezoe served as the chief director, Inoue himself wrote the scripts, Atsuko Nakajima designed the characters, Toshiki Kameyama was the sound designer, and Kotaro Nakagawa composed the music. Sword Gai: The Animation was animated by LandQ Studios. The opening theme song is "Sadame Goto" (サダメゴト, What is Predestined) by Yūto Uemura. Sentai Filmworks will release the series on home video.

Episodes

Season 1
Season 2

References

External links

  • Official manga website (in Japanese)
  • Sword Gai (manga) at Anime News Network's encyclopedia
  • Sword Gai: The Animation on Netflix
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